On a day that, if you merely glanced at the headlines, just another in a long line of merciless
beatdowns by an Atlanta opponent, perhaps we got our first taste of the fruits of the rebuild as Aaron
Blair made his second start, this one a very good effort, at the NL Central leading Chicago Cubs, and
Freddie Freeman homered for the second straight game.
Blair went 6 very strong innings, giving up only a 1-2-3 (1 run, 2 hits, 3 walks) to the Cubbies.
Unfortunately, Fredi G. of Da Fredi G. Show pulled Blair after 85 pitches for a pinch hitter in the 7th,
as the Braves loaded the bases with no outs. But, this being Atlanta, the Braves immediately struck
out twice and Nick Markakis couldn’t get the big two out hit off Jon Lester. Alexi Ogando tiptoed
through the 7th, getting old friend David Ross to ground into a bases loaded one out double play, but
Jim Johnson, the Ghost of Eric O’Flaherty, and Chris Withrow combined to let the Cubs scratch across
five runs in the 8th. Scratch, as in an Anthony Rizzo single to center for one, and a Matt Szczur grand
slam immediately after. In related news, until Mike Foltynezwicz gets the call from Gwinnett, Szczur
becomes the Scrabble leader in the majors.
But I digress.
I feel the last word should be given to our old friend, Andy DuFresne: